Drivers say major I-25 construction project is putting them in a dangerous situation


People living near the I-25, Rio Bravo Interchange project say it’s a disaster waiting to happen. 

“It is really dark. It’s kinda scary because there have been several accidents,” said Josie Paulos, who lives nearby.

At night, besides car headlights reflecting off orange construction poles, there is hardly any light along Rio Bravo in between I-25 and Prince Street.

“It was brighter before they started. It’s a little dark now,” said Marcus Trujillo, who lives nearby.

The lack of light is caused by the New Mexico Department of Transportation taking out a long stretch of street lamps.

In a statement, NMDOT spokesperson Emilee Cantrell said:

“Within the project, some of the existing roadway lighting is being removed to widen the road.  The new lighting will be installed as it can be coordinated and scheduled with other project work.”

Cantrell did not say when exactly the lights may be put back up.

Drivers say the state taking away the lights and pushing the traffic lanes closer together during construction, is a disaster waiting to happen.

“In the evening, it gets really bad because cars are coming and the lanes are really thin,” said Paulos.

Drivers KRQE News 13 spoke to don’t think the state should’ve taken away the street lamps, without having a temporary replacement.

“They could put some lighting with generators or something for the meantime,” said Trujillo.

People who live nearby are thankful this project is happening.

“It’s a good deal. It’s going to be a good thing for this whole area,” said Randy Jones, who lives nearby.

Still, they don’t want to be left in the dark.

“I can hardly wait [until] it’s done,” said Paulos.

The Rio Bravo, I-25 project is expected to cost more than $55 million. It’s scheduled to be finished in summer 2019.

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